Seven Dwarves Mine Train Video



Taking a break from Disney discounts – there was a new video released of the completed roller coaster in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland.  I can’t wait to ride this fun, new ride.

There’s no official opening date yet, but rumor has it Disney is holding a Press Review of Seven Dwarf Mine Train from April 30th – May 2nd. I suspect we will see the ride open soon after this preview event!

Here’s the video:


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Disney Park Favorite Sit Down Restaurants:


Animal Kingdom Restaurants


  1. Yak and Yeti – an Asian restaurant with yummy Chinese foods (egg rolls, pot stickers, stir fry, tempura, etc..).  I love this place!  The kids menu is more American foods (mini burger, chicken tenders, lo mien, etc..).  (1 credit)
  1. Rainforest Cafe – This is a chain restaurant, but the food is good and the atmosphere is a lot of fun, for both kids and adults.  (1 credit)
  1. Tusker House – This is a character buffet at breakfast & lunch (featuring Donald Duck, Daisy, Goofy & Minnie) and just a buffet with no character at dinner.  The cuisine is American and Asian.  (1 credit)


Hollywood Studios Restaurants

  1. Sci Fi Dine In – This restaurant fare is typical drive in food (shakes, burgers, onion rings, etc) but the atmosphere is amazing!  You sit at tables fashioned to look like cars, there’s actual movies playing, and you feel you’re actually at a drive in theater.  I love this place – but the lighting is very low, just so you know.  (1 credit)
  1. 50’s Prime Time Cafe – the atmosphere is themed to make you feel like you are eating at your mom’s and you are just one of the family.  The food, meatloaf, fried chicken, pot roast, spaghetti & meatballs, etc…, are classics and the servers are known for teasing you to get your elbows off the table or finish your veggies.  (1 credit)
  1. Mama Melrose’s – a classic Italian spot with yummy Italian food and good service.  (1 credit)
  1. Hollywood Brown Derby – A very nice meal, with some guest favorites, including cobb salad, grapefruit cake, and American Bison.  (2 credits)


Epcot Restaurants

  1. Coral Reef – a mostly seafood restaurant, although their NY strip steak is good!  You eat your meal with aquariums surrounding you, which is really cool.  It makes you feel like you are under water.  There’s just something about watching fish swim by while you eat a fish 🙂  (1 credit)
  1. Garden Grill – The food here is served family-style, or they bring you platters of food and put it on the table and you can order more of whatever you want.  Food includes steak, chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls, etc..  This is a character dinner where you can usually meet chip & dale, mickey, & pluto.  The restaurant itself actually (very slowly) rotates so you can watch the scenery go by.  (1 credit)
  1. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – A character buffet with princesses.  This buffet is located in the Norway section of Epcot, so some of the food is a little more unusual but there are also American food offerings.  This is a great alternative to Cinderella’s Castle if you don’t want to use 2 credits to see Princesses, or you can’t get a reservation at the Castle.  (1 credit)
  1. Le Cellier Steakhouse – located in Canada, this steakhouse is a personal favorite of mine.  All the steaks here are amazing!  This is a more expensive place as it is considered a signature dinner.  (2 credits)
  1. Rose and Crown Pub – located in United Kingdom, a pub that serves English food favorites like bangers and mash, scotch eggs, fish and chips, Sunday roast, and cottage pie.  (1 credit)
  1. Via Napoli – located in Italy, this wood fire Italian place is really yummy!  The pizza is thin crust and the pastas are good.  (1 credit)


Magic Kingdom Restaurants

  1. Cinderella’s Royal Table – the best Princesses character meal around, since you get to eat in the castle!  I still love going here as an adult.  All parties will get their picture taken with Cinderella and complimentary photo packages will be delivered to you during your meal.  (2 credits)
  1. Crystal Palace – This is a buffet meal located on Main Street of Magic Kingdom.  Any meal here is good, although breakfast is the best, in my opinion.  This is another character meal – you can meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.  I really like this character meal.  (1 credit)
  1. Be Our Guest Restaurant – This is the newest restaurant in Disney World, themed like the ballroom of Beauty and the Beast.  It’s beautiful!  You can eat here at lunch without reservations and it’s more informal, or you need reservations for dinner with more formality.  At dinner, you sometimes get to meet the Beast and get your picture taken with him.  This restaurant is part of the new Fantasyland that Disney has been advertising.  (1 credit)
  1. Liberty Tree Tavern – Lunch is my favorite meal here – the pot roast is wonderful, the fried cheese app is very good, and the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake dessert is really not to be missed.  If you eat here for dinner, you meal is served family style, or you get platters of Thanksgiving-type foods, with a cobbler for dessert.  (1 credit)
  1. Tony’s Town Square – This restaurant serves typical Italian foods with a Lady and the Tramp theme and decor.  It’s right off Main Street, too, with a nice view of all comings and goings.  (1 credit)
  1. Plaza Restaurant – This small ice cream parlor (on Main Street) is a great lunch place!  The sandwiches are great, the milkshakes are classic, and the atmosphere is wonderful.  A fun place for a meal.



These are a few of my favorite (Disney) things….

Sometimes I miss Disney things more than other times….today it was on my mind alot as I worked through a few vacation quotes for clients.  Here are a few of my favorite things I’m looking forward to.

The Winnie Pooh ride in Fantasyland:


The newly renovated Dumbo ride with the beautiful fountains:


The twilight zone – Tower of Terror!


Rock N’ Roller Coaster:


Plastic cheese dipping sauce with a Casey’s Corner dinner:


A cream cheese pretzel (yum!):


Carmel corn from Karamell Kuche in Epcot:


A corn dog from Disneyland:



The newest (and best in my opinion) fantasyland ride:

Little Mermaid Easywdw


Have a great weekend everyone!

Be Our Guest Restaurant – a review

The most anticipated lunch of my trip back in December was by far the one I would wait almost an hour in line for – Be Our Guest Restaurant.  It officially opened the same time as the new Fantasyland, on Dec 6th.  I ate there on Dec 11th.

The atmosphere was simply breathtaking.  It’s worth every minute in line to see the ballroom, the west wing, the enchanted rose, the talking suit of armor, etc…  It feels like you are in the classic movie, Beauty & the Beast.

Some pictures of the outside of the restaurant:








The talking suits of armor:





The ballroom:



The west wing:







The Rose Gallery:





Even if the food hadn’t been good, it would have been worth it to see all the beautiful things in the restaurant.  But as it turns out, the food was excellent!  The desserts were just ok, but the entree – yum!

My grown-up ham and cheese sandwich was very tasty.  The fries were just ok – I needed some plastic cheese from Casey’s Corner to make them more than ok 🙂

Croque Monsieur – Grilled sandwich of carved ham, Gruyere cheese, and bechamel with Pommes Frites. $10.99



My mom love her meal – she scraped the plate clean!

Braised Pork (Coq Au Vin style) – eight-hour slow-cooked pork with mushrooms, onions, carrots and bacon served with mashed potatoes and green beens jardiniere $11.99



And for dessert we had 2 kinds of cupcakes.  These don’t hold a candle to Starring Rolls Cafe (in Hollywood Studios) cupcakes.  Not a candle.  Plus these were hard to unwrap.  But we were on the dining plan, and sweetness after a meal is always welcome.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake – vanilla sponge cake, strawberry mousse filling, and cream cheese icinng $2.99



Lemon Meringue Cupcake – Vanilla sponge cake, lemon custard filling, flamed merinque icing and crunch $2.99



As you leave, you see a few decorations….





All in all – a wonderful meal!  I’ve got a dinner reservation for June and am looking forward to it!